The 2013 NFL Draft has come to an end and the Panthers knocked it out of the park. Gettleman got his "Hogmollies" to add beef to both the offensive and defensive lines. While many clamored for a wide receiver you have to think to yourselves what have so many here on CSR have flat out demanded in the previous drafts we do? Take a DT or repair the O-Line. Well Gettleman just did what our last general manger failed to address year in and year out. With how everything lined up perfectly in this draft for the coaches, scouts, and Gettleman. We did not have to reach for a prospect by giving up draft picks like our former GM "cough, cough, Marty Hurney" had became to comfortable doing during his tenure with this franchise.
There was a great number of fans that wanted the team to take another weapon for Cam and the offense and that was a justifiable concern moving forward, but in all honesty the wide receiver crop as a whole was found lacking and nothing special in relation to past drafts or the next few coming up if things hold form. IMO you had one dynamic playmaker in Tavin Austin that can thrive in the right situation then a bunch of number 2's and 3's which the Panthers already have to many of and will have to weed some out by the end of training camp. We landed a playmaker in our own right with Kenjon Barner which I believe will turn out to be a steal as a 6th rounder. He basically can make play's like Austin in the open field with out us having to give a first round draft pick for the same type of player. This should just show Gettleman's savvy in his first draft as a GM.
Now I'd like to pose a realistic possibility for that number 1 wide receiver going forward as our very own Steve Smith is entering the twilight of his playing career. Hakeem Nicks could wined up being the answer looking ahead at the bigger picture. First off he is a Charlotte native and has said on a few interviews on WFNZ's The Drive that he would not mind coming home to play here in Charlotte. Another thing I implore readers on CSR to pay attention to over the next year is how much the Giants end up giving Victor Cruz on his new deal. As of now there is an 8 million a season deal on the table. The Giants are tight against the cap like we found the Panthers to be this off season so they to had to make cuts. Nicks is a true number 1 with a body of work to show for it. He is also only 26 years old as of now with this being the final year of his rookie deal coming up for the 2013 NFL season he will become a free agent if not signed to an extension. Now we just need to see if the Giants pony up the amount of cash it would take to keep both on the roster. Now the question I pose to CSR would you rather have Nicks signed here next off season or taken a wide receiver this draft?
It could end up becoming a bidding war which then I don't see Gettleman getting into for his services. Since he could just look at the 2014 draft for wide receiver help. Maybe though with the acquisition of a FA like Blackburn and then drafting players like Varner and Klein he can groom them this season to take on a more prominent role in 2014. when you can see players as Godfrey, D-Williams, Beason and Gross (Just how his contract is worded now) not being here moving into that 2013 - 2014 FA signing period so if the extra money is made available through maneuvering of contracts there could be a real chance the Panthers are in play for Nicks services.
This is all just speculation and a little bit of wishful thinking, but all in all it could be a move that would be right in Gettleman's wheelhouse as coming from a pro personnel background and have holding that same position for the Giants none the less. He has already brought in two former Giants this off season in Blackburn and Hixon. Why would he be held back if the opportunity presented itself to him for a move like this to happen.
Just some food for thought for that wide receiver option.